We receive questions about router bits and their use. Here are some recommendations:
- Router bits with 1/4 inch shanks should be inserted into the chuck 5/8 of an inch (by engineering standards).
- Always cut against the rotation of the bit. This is why we recommend cutting from right to left.
- Buy router bits with longer, not shorter shanks. 1 1/4 inch long shanks are good.
- Down-cut router bits leave cleaner cuts than up-cut router bits.
- Better to make initial shallow cuts, then deepen gradually.
- You can't make clean cuts with dull bits.
- A set of six carbide router bits, commonly used cutting flutes, is available on this website.
Posted on Thu, July 16, 2015
by Dick Webber